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Poker According to Maverick Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Cool book if you like poker.

“You are bidding on a great vintage paperback entitled Poker According To Maverick Written by the Suggestion of Willys Motors Inc.Kaiser Industries – Dell Books #B142 Original Price .35¢ Copyright 1959 October First Printing – A Dell First Edition – Illustrated by Leon Gregori – featuring ABC-TV James Garner and Jack Kelly. Front and back covers show discoloration, creasing , slight tears, spine is straight, pages are firmly attached, no creasing, dings at the top and toe, some paper loss, inside front and back covers show browning around the edges, ink writing and stamp from a car dealership in VA on the inside front cover, pages are browned, some ink writing throughout, no creases, some small tears, pages edges are green with discoloration, no writing. I’ll be glad to provide additional pictures if you are interested.”





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Hamilton Pedal Jeep Dillsburg, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was sold at auction.


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Vintage Toy Truck and Cars Omaha, NE In-Person-Auction

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, Features

Somewhere in this collection is a jeep, but there are also some great vintage trucks in this collection. The auction is Saturday November 9th.


Here’s one example;


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Testimonial: Willys of Providence

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

Here’s another testimonial, this time from Willys of Providence, Inc.

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Case Trapper Knife with Color Scrimshaw on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Here’s another Scrimshaw knife. It features a CJ-5. Another version featured a flattie.

“A Color Scrimshaw Scene that I have done of a Willys Jeep and 3 Canada Geese. I signed and dated this knife on the bottom left. A Certificate of Authenticity that I will sign and date will be sent with the knife.

Please Note: When I do Color Scrimshaw, I do NOT paint the color on top of the design. I re-cut every line where each color is to go and apply those colors down into the cuts. This is a very time consuming process, but one in which I feel the results are well worth the added effort.

I have, in my opinion, a very low starting bid with NO RESERVE, so you collectors can decide what this knife is worth.

Thanks for Looking! The knife measures: 4 1/8″ closed.”

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Wooden Model Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

The jeep is made of Ron Ron.

“Beautiful Jeep Willys model made from exotic woods of Costa Rica.
This is an appreciated souvenir from Costa Rica and a great conversation starter.
Size is approximately 1/18 scale. This collectible car model is not a toy, so wheels don’t turn.

The Jeep Willys model in this auction is made from an exotic wood named “Ron Ron”. There are other exotic woods used in our models as “Cocobolo”, “Guayacan”, “Guapinol”. The whiter wood inserts are made of “Teca”.

Please see the wood colors of the other cars in the last photo. These cars only have lacquer clear coat protection ! Costa Rican exotic woods colors are beautiful and vibrant !

Please note that our models are very different than the $1 imported chinese toys, mass made from tinted pine, widely available in US and other countries. These are original products from artisans of Sarchí, Costa Rica, of a family owned shop.

This shop is owned by members of famous Eloy Alfaro family from the artistic city of Sarchí. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarch%C3%AD

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Wildenberg Parts, Netherlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Website

wildenberg-partsDavid Wildenberg from Wildenberg Parts emailed me. They will soon be celebrating their 60th birthday! They deal in Jeep (MB, GPW, M38, M38A1 and cj models up to the CJ5) Dodge WC series and M37, GMC 352 and 353. Spare parts and vehicles. If you are in the Netherlands, drop by their warehouse.

Learn more at their website http://www.wildenbergparts.com or on facebook www.facebook.com/wildenbergparts

Here’s a great photo from their early days. Look at all those jeeps!


Some History:
Wildenberg BV was founded in 1954 in Zeist, the Netherlands, by Wildenberg Sr. The son of Mr Wildenberg, Etienne Wildenberg, also worked in the company, and took over in 1988.

Recently David, Etienne’s son, also joined the company. He is the third generation involved with the company, which makes Wildenberg BV a real family-business.

How it went further:
Selling parts was a beginning but the sale of military vehicles also became a part of the business. The company grew steadily and soon outgrew the location in Zeist, and relocated to its current location in Rhenen. The inventory kept growing and eventually the warehouse had to be expanded. This created more space for the enormous number of parts and military vehicles.

The warehouse:

All these years of experience have resulted in a stock of over 2300 square meters! All parts are cataloged and displayed by type.

60th year anniversary:
In 2014 our company exists 60 year. And we are going to celebrate that! With as start the new years drink on January 18 from 2 am to 6 am. The rest of the year we got lot’s of discounts. Package deals and free merchandise. We are also planning a party weekend and a Army-verhicle tour.

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Sales Brochure from Ohio Willys Sales Co. on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a neat brochure with a great mailing stamp.

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1980s Banana Republic Jeep Gift Box **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Models

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s an neat box.

“Unique Banana Republic Safari Jeep Gift Box. Assembled, but never used. 3-Dimentional Box Army Green Color with Stand-Up Windshield, Safari-1 License Tag, Accented with Leopard Print, Purple and Orange Accent Colors. Per Old Banana Republic Catalog, This Box Measures 15″x4″x10″ and Will Hold Shirts, Pants, Shorts, Dresses, Skirts, Handbags, Sweaters, Shoes, Etc. Box is in Mint Condition…No Tears.”

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1961 Wagon Ad in Hawaii Winward Fair Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s an interesting ad for Wagons from the 1961 Winward Fair Brochure.

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1963 Kaiser Jeep Air Compressor Milan, IN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $750

Here’s a neat compressor.

“Vintage 1963 Hesse Hornet powered by a 63 Jeep Kaiser 4 Cyl engine. Engine works by using two cyl to pump air into the compressor while the other two function normally. I haven’t started it but it appears to be in full working order. Asking 750 obo”

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SAS Veteran Celebrates 100th Bday

• CATEGORIES: Features

UK paper the Nottingham Post reported on Joe Plater’s 100th Birthday this month. He’s the oldest known surviving “Desert Rat”. Looks like he can still pilot of a jeep, too.

Read more here: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Joe-Plater/story-19929750-detail/story.html


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Ford GP & the Flying Tigers in Burma

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

John spotted this photo on this website from page 29 of the March 30, 1942, issue of Life Magazine. The article covered the Flying Tigers and features some great photos.

Here’s a copy of the magazine for sale on eBay


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Kaiser Willys T-Shirt on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Always wanted a Kaiser Willys shirt? Well, there are some on eBay.

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Happy Halloween!

• CATEGORIES: Features

We are gearing up for a spooky night, so I won’t be scheduling any posts for Friday. Here are some photos of the prep so far (more later).

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Craig’s Pic of the Week: FC with Hydraulic Hoist

• CATEGORIES: Craigs Pic of the Week, Features • TAGS: .

Craig forwarded this photo from the 1961 January/February issue of Jeep News.


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My Jeep Hunting Wife at it Again

• CATEGORIES: Features

Ann and her mother Rosemary drove over to a friend’s house in Richland on Tuesday59. Along the way, Ann spotted this jeep. After telling her mother to turn around so they could get some photos, she snapped this one.


When they arrived at Rosemary’s friend’s house, Ann discovered they had an old jeep. It turns out to be a CJ-3A that was handed down and hasn’t moved in a while. There seems to be no interest in selling it at this point. Looks like it’s a bit of a project, but at least it is stored indoors.


So, congrats to my wife for her jeep hunting skills!

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M-100 Trailer Raffle ($20) for Gary Wirth **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, trailer

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was a raffle prize.

Matt wrote me today, letting me know that there’s a raffle for a M-100 trailer at Midwestmilitary.net. Tickets are $20. Proceeds go to help Gary Wirth’s hospital expenses, a result of his battle with cancer. The drawing will be held December 7, 2013. You can purchase a ticket here: http://www.midwestmilitary.net/raffle.html

Learn more about Gary and his fight here: http://www.ewillys.com/pdf/GWRT-FINAL.pdf

“This trailer was donated for raffle by Al and Kelly Lehmann. They had it totally restored by Gary Wirth last fall. It was totally dismantled and rebuilt, including new bearings, brakes, wiring and tires.
Painted in 24087 color scheme. This trailer was not rusty before it was restored. It was a super clean trailer that came from a local city garage that always kept it inside. We have the original data plates and a new set of reproduction plates that will be added soon. Date of delivery is 10/52 and serial number 382368. The original manufacturer was Dunbar-Kapple. Between the cost of purchasing the trailer and the restoration, there is over $3000.00 invested. The wiining ticket holder will be responsible for picking up the trailer or shipping expenses. We can help with the shipping arrangements, so don’t let that stop you from purchasing a chance to win this beautiful piece of history.”


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MB Slat Grille Suffers through Hurricane Sandy

• CATEGORIES: Features

Bob Christy forwarded this story about a 1941 MB Slat Grille that fell victim to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The jeep was considered a total loss as saltwater reached the dash. Fortunately, the owner had the jeep covered by Collector Car Insurance, which allowed for a restoration of the jeep.

Here is the jeep after the storm:


Here’s a photo of the restoration:


For a look at more photos, including the restoration process and the damage done by Sandy, visit this Pinterest board. You can also read about it here: http://www.americancollectors.com/Collector-Chronicles/Collectors-Stories/41/

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Shorty’s Europe: A Collection of Flickr Images

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Roberto spotted this collection of photos taken during/after the WWII. The photos are worth combing through. There are a few, but not many, jeep photos.



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New Old Stock M-38 Engine Story

• CATEGORIES: Features

Joe forwarded this site. He writes, “Here’s a link from G503.com (from years ago) with lots of pics of a NOS engine found in the most unlikely of places…..  the warehouse of a company that made wooden shipping crates for the Army.  It’s an interesting story…..  especially for those restoring their M38’s back to original stock condition.”

Learn more here: http://www.mclallens.com/L-head/L-head_new.html

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1947 Amusement Ride Jeep Douglasville, GA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Make Offer.

Neat piece.

“this is a late 40s jeep amusement ride / pedal car. one of the first jeeps made after wwii. barn fresh .have not cleaned it .it has a rare electric motor from the factory inside, make offer no low balls”

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2013 Mason Dixon Gathering

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: Here’s a news article about the event from the Carroll County Times


Merlin posted a variety of photos from this year’s Mason Dixon Gathering. Make sure to click on the link below and check out the last photo of the ‘grille chair’.



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A Jeep – A Tale of Loss and Regret

• CATEGORIES: Features

Susan Katz Keating writes about the loss of her jeep. At one point shoe compares how her jeep viewed itself vs. how other vehicles view it. I found it funny.



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1963 Parade Slide on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a nice shot of a jeep pulling a float in a parade that Marc spotted.

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